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Do It Yourself: Installing Pendant Lights

Pendant lighting (also known as swag lights) can change the feel of a room when you change a traditional light bulb fixture into a gorgeous pendant light. There are many different styles of pendant lights made with different colors, styles, shapes and more. Whether it is a tiffany style pendant light, this is the most common type or chandelier style this guide will help share all the details you must know in order to install these lights.

Some people prefer to install their pendant lighting permanently and some choose to install their lighting temporarily. It’s more common to see them hanging temporarily, so I’ll discuss the installation process for this option first.

In order to temporarily install your pendant lights, there are a few supplies you must have. Make sure you have an electric plug, extra metal chain and a long piece of wire that will reach from the light to the electrical outlet. To determine how much wire you need (always get an extra foot) measure the distance from the light to the outlet.

Now that you have the supplies, the next step gets a bit tricky. You’ll need to remove the original electric supply wire from the light. With the new wire you’ll want to add it on by attaching it to the wire with the plug at the end of the wire. Then supply the wire in and out the sides of the chain. At this point, your pendant light should be ready to hang. Once you’ve installed a solid hook on the ceiling, hang the light and plug it in!

I personally prefer to temporarily hang pendant lights. If you ever plan on moving or you want to move the light, all you need to do is remove the hanging light from the hook. When it comes to cleaning the light, it’s the same process. Remove the light and clean!

Permanently installing your pendant lighting is a bit less work, but does require some electrical skills. The hanging light will usually come already set up, although you may need to add a few decorative pieces. You’ll need to have a wire cutter, electrical tape, a screwdriver on top of all the materials already supplied.

The first step to permanently install the light is make sure all the power is shut off from either the fuse box or circuit breaker. This will keep you safe! Now it’s time to remove the original light fixture, but this time there’s no need to touch the wires just yet. Add the pendant light to the outlet box on the ceiling followed by some wiring. Take the electrical supply wires and attach them to the wires on the pendant. Turn the power back on, install a light bulb and hang the light. At this point your new pendant light should be complete!

Hopefully this guide has helped you understand what it takes to install a new pendant light. Hope you enjoy the new feel to the room!

Details regarding pendant lights can be found at this writers blog, minipendantlights.net. You’ll find information on all sorts of lighting, including his favorite type of light – a lovely glass pendant lights.